Arsenal look set to be relieved of the services of Lukas Podolski in the coming days, as talks have been held with Inter Milan regarding his exit on loan.
The German international, who takes home £100,000-a-week, has struggled for game-time this year despite the injury problems Arsene Wenger has had to deal with, and as such finds himself heavily linked with a move away.
According to reports it’s now been virtually agreed that the San Siro will become his new home until at least the end of this season, with Inter paying around £1.5 million in loan fees. It’s believed the Italian giants will have the option to make the move a permanent one prior to the start of the next campaign.
Having repeatedly vented his frustrations to the public with regards to his lack of game time it's safe to assume Podolski will welcome the chance to be played regularly, though wether or not Inter becomes his permanent stomping ground will depend on how he fares for the next few months.
In other transfer news the Gunners are said to be close to getting their hands on William Carvalho, as Wenger has agreed to pay Sporting Lisbon’s £20 million asking price. Arsenal are looking for a midfield enforcer, and it’s said they’ll look to make Carvalho their man with a bid when the transfer window re-opens.
At numerous points over the last 12 months it's been suggested that the Portugal international could make a switch to the Emirates Stadium, but up until now Sporting have stood resolutely behind their stance that he is not going anywhere. Now however their grip seems to have been pried open a little, and an offer which matches their valuation might well be accepted.
If it is then Wenger might finally have that player in the mould of Patrick Vieira that he has been craving since the Frenchman's retirement.
- Virgil van Dijk won't be moving to either Manchester United or Arsenal in January, despite the fact that his impressive performances for Celtic have seen him linked with a move to a big Premier League club. In the past the likes of Fraser Forester and Victor Wanyama have made similar moves, but Celtic boss Ronny Delia is adamant that Dijk won't follow in their footsteps.